(not all of them because then this would turn into a 500 page journal that could be published and sold and no one would buy it because no one is as much of a nerd as i am)
our main protagonist is not a traditionally masculine hero. he’s small, he’s weak, he’s a crybaby, he’s sensitive. especially in the shounen genre, this is a pretty rare thing to see, and even as Izuku grows as a person and becomes more confident in himself, he’s still shy and anxious.
he’s also a fanboy!! and not in a bad way!! it’s his fanboy nature that allows him to express himself and show how smart, intuitive, and observant he is
the character who does get all the traditionally masculine traits is the character everyone in the main cast acknowledges is a total asshole who mercilessly bullied and abused his classmate/childhood playmate
it’s also very clearly seen that Izuku has been conditioned (unintentionally) to fear Bakugou because of all of that physical and emotional abuse. just because he’s a hero in training and he’s learning and growing and becoming more confident doesn’t erase all of those years of bullying
it’s also acknowledged that they are children and still have room to grow. Bakugou is an asshole, but he’s not totally villainized for his behavior and is given the chance to change and become a better person because he’s only sixteen years old and still has time to change
and he does!! he makes an effort to change and try to adjust his behavior to make a more positive impact (even if it is a slow and arduous process, we do see him make great strides throughout the manga)
it would have been really easy to just throw Bakugou under the bus and make him a villain, but instead we get to see his growth as a person as he matures and enters the world of adulthood
All Might is the no. 1 hero, the Symbol of Peace, the man everyone thinks is invincible, and he has a chronic condition. he’s missing his stomach, he’s had multiple surgeries, he spits up blood, he literally looks like a skeleton, guys. but even after the reveal, people still admire and look up to him as an idol because he’s still All Might and he still protected and saved a lot of lives and was still a hero
All Might’s relationship with Izuku just in general. seriously, i could make an entirely different list just based on their relationship and 95% of the fandom has already talked about them, so i won’t gush about their relationship too much here
the fact that most of the adults take responsibility when they fuck up. the police force realize they’ve relied too heavily on heroes, specifically All Might, and they make an effort to change that so they can help people. the teachers at UA recognize that they’ve neglected students who need psychological help. Izuku’s mom acknowledges that she should have encouraged his dream in spite of his quirklessness. most stories, even in the west, don’t have nearly as much adult responsibility as this series does
the elusive living anime mom
okay but seriously, Inko is quite possibly one of the best fictional moms i’ve seen in a long time. she’s loving and encouraging and she tries her hardest, but she’s not perfect. she’s a single mom caring for her son, who wants to go into this incredibly dangerous profession. and when he gets hurt enough times, when her limit is finally met, she puts her foot down and says “no. i love you, but i can’t let you keep getting hurt like this.” like any reasonable parent would. and the only way she relents is when she sees how much Toshinori wants to teach him and nurture him and encourage him and see his dream recognized and she sees how badly Izuku wants to continue down this path, even if it’s under her terms.
this series seriously tackles a lot of topics that you wouldn’t expect it to. you know you’re gonna get the usual topics like what makes a hero, what makes a villain, etc. but, it also goes over other subjects like bullying, parental abuse, discrimination, grief, inferiority complexes, how easy it is to create a monster, redemption. this is a manga about teenagers learning to be super heroes, how did it turn out like this
it would have been so easy to sexualize any of the girls. this manga, in the hands of a lesser author, would have featured a lot of fan service shots of the girls. Momo especially, considering she wears a very revealing outfit. and yet, none of them are sexualized?? in any way shape or form??? yeah, we see Momo shirtless a lot and some girls wear skin tight outfits. but, you know who else has skin tight outfits and revealing hero costumes? the boys. and when we do see a shirtless girl or boy, it’s not framed in a way where we’re meant to be objectifying their body. there’s a reason why it happened and we move on. it’s so refreshing.
(there are only two fan service female characters. one uses her sexuality to get free shit and the other is meant to make you uncomfortable. take it what you will)
we get a lot of unique designs for each of the characters. there are no same faces. each character has a unique quirk and a design that belongs to them. they aren’t interchangeable with one another. Izuku looks like Izuku. All Might looks like All Might. they all look unique with different shapes and sizes
(admittedly the manga still kind of falls under the trap of the boys get to have weird, strange designs and the girls all kind of look cute, but it’s not nearly as bad as some other shows. and honestly, if that’s my only complaint, that says a lot)
fighting doesn’t solve everything! there’s a really incredible few chapters in the manga dedicated to acknowledging that Izuku and Bakugou seriously need to talk to each other about what Bakugou did to him. they’re both incredible people in their own right and they can learn a lot from each other, but only if they stop fighting and actually communicate with each other. one of the chapters is literally titled “a meaningless fight”. because it is meaningless. it’s not going to solve their problems, fix past mistakes, or make them feel better. it’s a fight to get aggression out because Bakugou doesn’t know any other way to deal with his emotions and trauma.
kindness is rewarded!!! cruelty is not!!! i’m really sick and tired of TV shows and movies trying to sell this pessimistic outlook that everything sucks and that gives us the right to be assholes to each other just because it’s edgy. My Hero Academia is such a positive manga and it brings me so much joy and happiness and it sends such a wonderful message of anyone can be a hero if you have a good heart and that kindness will be rewarded, even if it takes a really long time.
i love this manga so much and it’s given me so much light and happiness in my life and if that makes me weird because it’s anime, then fine. whatever. i don’t care. i’ll love it for as long as i can, dammit.
I’ve been poking at my thoughts about the previous Thor movies and about continuity.
There’s a little disheartening trend of suddenly putting down Thor and Dark World really harshly in light of Ragnarok’s success. There is also a lot of talk (coming directly from the cast and crew) about how they did away with continuity and stripped everything away but.. did they really?
First things first, Thor 1 was imo a really solid, beautiful movie. Having had the advantage of being Phase 1, it serves very well as a standalone. The ties it needs to have to the rest of the MCU are not yet forced and were counted on from the very start, so it all works and ties in together. It’s a story about growth and family, it introduces us to the characters, sets up a gorgeous realm and so many fantasy foundations. And we get more than a glimpse of Thor being lighthearted and dipshitty. And Loki, while undoubtedly the villain/antagonist of the whole thing also has enough nuance to him to make Thor’s relationship with him work.
When we move on to Dark World, we admittedly get something of a mess. I’ve watched it many times and I noticed how my reaction fluctuates. In the start, I’m a little twitchy. Suddenly I’m all swept up, having the time of my life, thinking to myself “whoever says this movie is bad, I’m living” and then suddenly you have the final boss fight and I’m bored again and actually prone to turning it off. This enforces my opinion that Dark World had so much to offer but was hurt by cuts and additions that mostly came to the start and the end of the movie. But come on. Thor in this? After Avengers, we suddenly have Thor back in his home. Strong, wisened. He doesn’t take Loki’s bullshit. He strategizes, he makes the tough calls. And this was such a joy when it came around and I don’t see why we need to discount this as boring brooding now that Thor has moved yet further.
Which brings me to Ragnarok and hahaa, did you really get rid of continuity? Sure, some worldbuilding was a little wobbly, but we now get an arc pretty much explaining ALL of Odin’s behaviour in the previous movies? We get Thor who is keeping up his independent, strategizing streak (he has premonition dreams? Okay, he sets off on his own and smashes the source to pieces) but who is also moving along, finding confidence. I’ve said before I think a lot of Thor’s perceived arrogance in Thor 1 is actually born our of insecurity - it’s a coming of age story, basically, and he’s about to be king and he feels the need to cover up the fact that he fears it. Ragnarok Thor has way less of these fears. He’s able to bring back the jokes and the dippshitness and this time they stand on a firm ground of confidence and experience.
And I love it. I love it so much. And I think the previous movies made sense and Ragnarok did the same, doing Thor justice. It’s all one character developement arc.
“Artemis (/ˈɑːrtᵻmᵻs/; Ancient Greek: Ἄρτεμις, Modern Greek: Άρτεμις, Ártemis, Attic Greek: [ár.te.mis]) was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities. Her Roman equivalent is Diana. Some scholars believe that the name, and indeed the goddess herself, was originally pre-Greek. Homer refers to her as Artemis Agrotera, Potnia Theron: “Artemis of the wildland, Mistress of Animals”. The Arcadians believed she was the daughter of Demeter.
In the classical period of Greek mythology, Artemis was often described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her. In later Hellenistic times, she even assumed the ancient role of Eileithyia in aiding childbirth.”
Summary: You and Tom are co-stars and your agents think you two “dating” would be great publicity. One problem, you’re actually dating Harrison but tom can’t help falling for you
It was officially a week since your premiere and first public appearance with Tom. It was also a week since Harrison has spoken to you. You didn’t think he was this upset. If anything you should be the one ignoring him. He missed your premiere without giving you a reason. You were willing to put it behind you. Honestly, you thought Harrison was being over dramatic.
Tonight you had an interview and the last thing you needed was to be stressed over something that could be fixed with a simple conversation. You decided to send him one more text and hope for the best.
You: We really need to talk. I miss you. I feel like there was a misunderstanding and we’re just blowing this out of proportion.
Not even five minutes passed and your phone went off.
Harrison: When can we talk?
You: I have an interview tonight so some time before that
Harrison: I’m on my way. See you soon.
Harrison’s still seemed to be giving you a cold shoulder, but you can’t always tell someone’s tone through text so you’d find out when he go to your place.
Moments later you heard a knock at your door and sighed in relief. You opened the door to see Harrison standing there. You wrapped your arms around him and said “I’m glad you’re here.” He was barely hugging you back and all he said was “Let’s go in and talk.”
You sat down on the couch and started the conversation by saying “Alright, so I can tell you’re still mad. Can you fill me in on what’s wrong? If anything I should be the one who’s mad. You missed a night that was very important to me and you’ve been so distant.”
“Y/N, I was there. I left when I saw you kiss my best friend in a way you’ve never kissed me.” He tells you and you feel your heart drop a little. “Harrison, that kiss meant nothing to me. Maybe it looked like something, but I’m an actress and I’m pretty good at pretending. I couldn’t stop thinking about you the whole night and how much I wished it was you.” You lied a little but you couldn’t tell him Tom found a way to make you forget about him.
“Well now I feel like an even bigger ass for treating someone I love like this.” Oh no. Did he just say love? Neither of us have uttered that word to each other. “I’m glad we talked this out. You should probably head home I need to get ready for this interview.” You quickly say, avoiding the subject of love. “Good luck. I’ll see you later.” He kissss you goodbye and you shut the door behind him.
You might’ve been an actress, but you can’t pretend to love him. It would be wrong. Looking back at the beginning of your relationship with Harrison, it would’ve been easy for you to tell him you love it and you would’ve meant it more then than you do now. What made you feel different? There was something holding you back from saying it, but you couldn’t quite place your finger on it.
Whatever it was you couldn’t spend much time on it right now because you needed to leave for your interview. During this interview you were instructed to mention your favorite things about Tom to make you seem head over heels for him. Sounds easy, but Tom would be sitting right next to you and that made you nervous.
The entire ride there you rehearsed what you were going to say. You even prepared yourself for things the probably wouldn’t ask, but you couldn’t help coming up with an interview in your head.
You stopped drowning in all your different thoughts once you arrived to your location. Of course paparazzi were swarming outside which added to your nerves.
You walked past the crowd and instead of heading to your dressing room, you went to Tom’s. You haven’t talked to him in person in a while am you needed to talk to him. You knocked on his door and he gave you the okay to come in.
“Hello, gorgeous!” He exclaims when you walk in the door. “Hey. Listen, I, uh, know we’re about to go get interviewed but I need to talk to you.” You say as you sit down next to him. “About?” He questions. “Harrison told me he loved me and I didn’t exactly say it back.” You answer. “And what do you mean by exactly?” He raises his eyebrows. “I completely changed the subject.” You admit. “Do you not love him? You guys are great together” He states. “That’s the thing, Tom. I should have no problem telling him I love him. There was just a part of me that told me not to say it back.” It was nice to be able to talk to Tom about anything.
“Guys, five minutes until interview time.” A producer informs you two. “How about after the interview you come over and we can have a movie night. Maybe talk about it some more if you want.” He suggests. You nod and both of you leave his dressing room to go start the interview.
“So we’ve talked about your movie and the relationship your characters share. How about the off screen romance? How did this all start?” The interviewer asks. Tom looks over at you, implying that you should answer.
“Where do I even start? Well, when we met he made me feel like I’ve known him for years. I can always talk to him about anything. Spending so much time with someone who brings you so much joy and laughter makes it hard not to fall for them. I’m just glad I have someone like him.” You respond. Tom puts his hand on your thigh and awes.
“I guess that’s my cue to give my side.” Tom looks at you and begins to describe why he “fell” for you. “I mean, look at her, how could I resist that face.” You roll your eyes, but deep down you got butterflies. “In all seriousness, getting to know her and learning all of her favorite and least favorite things is one of my favorite parts of being with her because knowing the little details makes me feel so close to her. She’s so passionate about her interests and when she talks about these things her face lights up. Her kindness is contagious and makes everyone around her want to be a better person. She can always make me laugh and I could go on but I know we have a time limit.” He chuckles.
Wow. To say this made you blush was an understatement. It was a bit cheesy, but a little bit of cheesiness never hurt anyone. Did he really mean this or was he just really trying to be convincing to make us seem as real as possible?
“As much as I would love to stay and chat with you two love birds, we only have a couple minutes left. It was really great to talk to you both.” The man who was interviewing you says and you were thankful it was over because you just wanted to be at Tom’s place watching movies.
As you got closer and closer to Tom’s the excitement grew and you texted him as you pulled him to let him know you were here. You grabbed the snacks you picked up and walked up and knocked at the door.
“Hi.” He says when he answers and just stares at you for a few seconds. “So, can I come in? It’s a bit cold out.” You remark. “Oh uh yeah. S-sorry.” He awkwardly apologizes. “Do you want a sweatshirt? Ya know since you’re cold?” He asks and even though you weren’t that cold you nodded because he had the coziest sweatshirts. He goes to his room and back out with a sweatshirt for you. “Thanks. Now I can avoid hypothermia.” You say as you put on his sweatshirt.
You and Tom decided on a horror movie night so first was The Conjuring. At first you and Tom sat with space in between you, but as the movie was getting closer to the end his arm was around you and you were snuggled up close under the blankets.
The credits rolled and Tom spoke up. “Do you wanna talk about the Harrison thing?” You look up at him and answer “No. I like being distracted from it. I just feel bad because I can’t make up my mind on my feelings. I want someone who describes me the way you did today. Except I want them to mean it and it’s not just for the tabloids, obviously.”
“Who said I didn’t mean it?” He rhetorically asks. “Tom-“ you don’t finish what you started to say because Tom started to lean in to you. Before you know it your lips are on his. Without disconnecting your lips from his you move to straddle his lap. Your hands moves softly run through his hair as his hands are placed on your hips.
Oh my God. You were making out with your boyfriends best friend. Not for work purposes, no cameras around, but for your own personal enjoyment. You pulled away from him and deeply looked into his eyes. As cliche as it sounded, you felt at home.
“Tom, I can’t do this.” You say, looking away from him. “Darling, I’m afraid we already did.” He replies. “I have to go. I’m sorry.” You get up and make your way towards the door. Tom grabs your arm and pull you back to him. “Please. Stay with me.” He pleads. “I can’t, not until I figure this out. I’ve done enough already and I can’t go any further until I decide if I’m going to stop things with Harrison.” You assert. “I understand. I’ll be here when you’re ready.” He kisses your forehead and gives you a smile.
Now that you’ve already broken your promises to Harrison, when would it be the time to break his heart?
Hi Anon! I’m guessing that you mean how I started to ship MakoHaru, right? I think I’ve told this story about a million times here before so sorry to those who have read me talking about this already, but I love talking about MakoHaru and could go on for hours so I’ll tell you again.
Let me take you back to the year 2014. It was a Saturday evening in either April or May, I don’t really remember the exact date, and I had nothing to do. I knew someone who was obsessed with this one anime that was called Free! and that was apparently about swimming, but I had never bothered to watch it before because I don’t care about sports at all so I wouldn’t like it anyway. But I decided, heck, let’s give it the benefit of the doubt since I had nothing better to do anyway, and started up the first episode.
I fell in love with Makoto the first moment I saw him. Wow, I thought to myself, what a nice guy. What an amazing friend. I really liked his and Haru’s friendship from the first interaction, because it felt like something that was just very comfortable and easy and nice, you know? I liked Haru’s character too, but at that point I hadn’t really seen enough of him and his personality yet to have a good impression of what he was like.
SPIDERMAN AAAAHH i just saw the movie this brings me so much joy okay peter gets a cough or a cold or something not really that major and mr stark notices but doesn't say anything because he's like 'he'll tell me if he needs something' or whatever then when peter goes to get a drink or the bathroom idk FRIDAY is just like 'Mr Parker has a temperature of .... ' or 'needs urgent medical assistance' or smth
(This is a sweet ass prompt, anon. And I’m all for Tony trying to be a suave dad like “I must test him” and that fails horribly lmao bc Peter is a stubborn shit..here’s some more Spiderman! Also u might notice I’ve incorporated the tom holland meme discretely lol)
When Tony first discovered Peter through that YouTube video, he had seen him as a talent. A potential colleague in the future, a team mate and someone he could help along find their footing. But Tony had never anticipated what had come for him instead.
Instead what Tony found was a kid. A kid who was without a doubt, certainly a talent and special, but he was a kid. He was lost, he had issues, he was a misfit who desperately wanted to be like everyone else and didn’t exactly love himself. Peter had been exposed to the horrors of the world too soon; having lost his Uncle, who had been his father figure quite recently. He had daddy issues, and Tony was no stranger to those. In those eyes Tony saw himself years ago, a boy trying to pave his way through a misguided childhood, and trying to come out of it a man.
Tony had people who had helped him along the way, mentors, friends, the like. And for them, Tony would eternally be grateful. Tony could only hope he could be the same for Peter, because he deserved it. He really was a good kid.
A bond had grown between them, and Tony had grown caring and protective. This had not been his plan at all. He was unprepared, making it up as he went. Tony had no clue what it was like, what it took to become a father figure. Hell, how would he know something he never even had? Even so, he had made it a mission to make sure Peter could have something as close as possible. He knew he would come up short, but damn well Tony would try his hardest despite that.
Tony would try and push communication with Peter. What he recognised in Peter was the struggle to reach out to others, in fear of perhaps rejection or belittlement or the fear he would not be understood. When Peter did rarely reach out, he very much held back. Tony wanted Peter to be more open, so he could achieve this connection with others he longed to have.
I find it interesting that some people find bliss from taking off with only a backpack to hold their belongings, from sleeping in a different place night by night, or that others find it by dedicating themselves to a higher purpose or career, a feeling of lending themselves to the birth of something else, that a sense of being content can come from such varying pursuits. I feel this sense of being content at home, watching the movies I love while lining up the perfume bottles that bring me so much joy. The smell of something baking and the chime of my phone from a friend that I know has my back. It really is the simple things. As I grow, I become more sure of it.
I am absolutely in awe of the Snyders in light of the news about their daughter. They lost a child and somehow found the strength and dedication to still do 3-months-worth of work on JL and the DCEU. They were struck by the most terrible blow that can happen in a family and a pair of parents and they put their own pain and their own well-being / healing (if one can ever heal from this) and they worked on the movie. I lost my mom when I was 8 and 17 years later I still struggle with it. If their pain is anything like mine (it’s probably much greater) then I am in awe of the fact that they are even still breathing. Still here.
At the same time my heart breaks for these two people. They seem kind and they put so much heart and love into what they do. Their work brings so much joy and it’s brought so many people together.
If a movie flops there can always be a remake. What Deborah and Zack lost - they can’t remake. They can’t make up for. My thoughts and my heart are with them. I hope that they find solace and I know that their daughter, whereever she is now, will be watching over them from a better place.
In light of this tragedy, the JL movie hardly matters. I am disgusted to hear and see people hating on the Snyders for it. It makes me think that these people have never experienced any loss in their lives. Or maybe they are that vile and selfish to think about their own gratification and satisfaction when two other people’s world has come undone.
I am not thrilled about having Whedon on board either - but here’s a newsflash - you can be super unhappy about having to deal with him AND STILL NOT BOTHER ZACK AND DEBORAH.
Hating on the Snyders is grounds for blocking on a regular day, but it’s tenfold more so now.
a long time ago i asked you for advice on how to get over someone who treated me very badly but i missed them anyway, and one of the things you said was to find new music, movies, etc that i hadn't discovered with them as a way to heal from a weird dependency on that person. it took me a very long time but i have a new favorite musician now, and their music has helped me enormously in letting go with grace. thank you so much.
i was hoping something like that would happen. i found so much music after i got away from my ab*ser. it’s healing good to fill yourself up with things that bring you joy, as a distraction at the very least
You all may remember last week I posted something non-J&HQ related, it was an entry for a competition ran by the extraordinarily wonderful @meredithannebull for another fandom I’m madly in love with, Strange Magic.
So it turns out, my entry got second place. I am absolutely stoked and beyond happy with this, all of the entries were fantastic so for my piece to get recognised was a great achievement, but this isn’t what this particular post is about.
The reason behind my entry was a dedication piece, a thank you and a tribute to one of my favourite authors, @endorathewitchwriter who is pretty well known across the Strange Magic and J&HQ fandoms for her fantastic stories.
Her stories, as with many of the others out there kept me from loosing myself to the crippling shadow of depression. Every morning during what was probably the worst Summer of my life, I’d wake up and read a fanfic, one day it happened to be @endorathewitchwriter‘s piece and that’s how the entry piece came about, feel free to read it below for further context.
My point is, without those fanfic stories I’m 99% I’d have lost myself. Writers, when the days you feel your work isn’t good enough, or you’ve not had a review for a new chapter you’ve uploaded, or you’re struggling with writers block… Know that the time, effort and soul you put into your work is hitting people’s hearts across the world and are making their lives BETTER! Whether you’ve written 1 story or 101 stories, you’ve still made a difference to someone’s life, you’ll have made them smile, laugh, cry, feel - you’ll have given them a reason to continue living even if it’s just to see what happens next chapter. You’ve kept them going an extra hour, an extra day, an extra month they would have potentially lost, and during those waiting times for new updates they’ve managed to get out of bed, get a shower, get dressed. Hell, I speak from experience when I say - they might have even met people, got a job and now a year down the line they’re alive, they’re happy. And it all comes down to your story, your chapter, your time, your effort.
Regardless of who you are on the “outside world”, who you are in these fandoms is a Hero and although you might not feel like much in yourself, you mean a great deal to someone. Please continue what you do, because quite honestly, you never truly know how much your stories mean to others.
My thanks to all of you in the fandoms I follow, Strange Magic and the Joker & Harley Quinn - I really couldn’t express my lofe to each and everyone of you, but you all make my life fun sharing these experiences with such an awesome bunch!
And a HUGE thank you to all of the authors of fanfics I’ve read over the years, we’re talking at least a thousand so I can’t name them all, but future posts are coming with my recommendations of those who really stuck with me!
When I first saw the tumblr contest appear I had considered joining, I’ve written a few original stories following my fondness for everything Strange Magic, but instead I wanted to make this a dedication piece.
As with any great story there’s a villain, a roller coaster ride of events and emotions before the unexpected Hero enters to save the day. To set the scene let’s rewind time back to the Summer of 2016 when I went through the worst time of my life; moving a long distance away from home, my new job (of one month) failing due to company going into administration, relationship problems, my life was well and truly thrown into the toilet. And so entered the villain, depression. At times, this evil, dark entity has crippled my ability to live a little, to talk to others; hell sometimes to even leave my bed - it has on some occasions almost won, but I’ve kept fighting back and aim to continue to do so, especially with the help of the Hero of this story.
This Hero came into my life through pure luck, I was scrolling for new content to read on a popular fan fiction page and they’d just uploaded a new chapter to their story. I’d never heard of Strange Magic, Bog, Marianne, Dawn or any of the other household names I now regularly share my life with until that day. I remember it like it was yesterday as there was suddenly a light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel. I spent the next ten hours straight reading piece after piece of this author’s work, falling more and more in love with these characters, from their movie based Goblin and Fairy universe to the alternative Human style. I cried with them, I laughed with them, I got so angry at Roland I even yelled loud enough to worry the neighbours. So when I realised these extraordinary stories and characters were based upon a movie; I made a 3am purchase on Amazon to buy the DVD, spending my last pennies of my final pay cheque to receive it next day before noon so I could enjoy putting these characters into action before my eyes.
10:43am the delivery arrived.
10:44am the DVD was placed into the DVD player.
10:46am (silly adverts) the credits opened and I immediately wanted an Imp of my very own.
10:48 - “IT’S A MUSICAL!?!” I cried out in elated joy, gaining a very confused and grumpy look from my dog who was asleep next to me.Finally, after three hours of the most amazing entertainment since I discovered chocolate spread as a kid, the DVD was stopped. I had watched every special feature, rewound back to my favourite parts, repeated the ending song at least four times and fell head over heels in love with the characters all over again. My boyfriend returned home after he’d been to work to find me with the biggest smile on my face and the happiest I’d been in months, all thanks to Bog the ‘angry Scottish’ Goblin, Marianne the ‘sassy’ Fairy-Warrior, Dawn the ‘who-can-say-no-to-her’ Fairy and all the other fantastic characters who I could spend days talking about (this is already nearly a full page so I won’t!)
Something in me clicked that day, the emotional strength of the movie rushed through my body and gave me the push I needed to try something different, much like Marianne, so I did. And in July 2016 I landed my dream job, I’m proud to say I’m still there now and love waking up for work. I followed the influence of Bog and his slow yet continuous journey towards loving who he is and I am beginning to get there too, I’m starting to love my lumps and bumps even if they could do with some TLC. The happy-go-lucky attitude of Dawn has rubbed onto me too, I’ve made new friends and even go out dancing, although not with so many people - joined by my very own ‘Sunny’ whom has his own dance moves he happily shows off. I know my depression will remain with me as a shadow over my head probably till my last breath, but for now, thanks to some Strange Magic I am coping much better such that when life starts to get me down, I either grab my phone and load up a story (I do this so often the website is my home page) or I grab the DVD and let the songs, laughs and angry Scottish accent do what they do best - make me smile.
Safe to say, my story had a happy ending and so after a number of months I finally contacted the Hero of this story, the author to those fan fics to say how much they had changed my life, to an extent I would even go as far to say they’d saved it. For if they hadn’t updated their profile at that very minute I was checking the site I’d never have experienced the sheer joy and happiness just one movie could bring. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a reply from them, they were so grateful for my comments I couldn’t believe they wanted to talk to me, I felt (and still do) like I was talking to a celebrity.
The Strange Magic fans are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, always really friendly, happy to chat about the movie, give ideas for stories, share their love for Bog’s eyes… But this author would always hang out in the background and never really come forward, even though they’re one of the most prolific and loved writers in the fandom. As my friendship with the Hero grew I came to learn they were living with health difficulties which meant they were living in constant crippling pain and due to this they’re very shy and extremely self conscious. The Strange Magic stories they write have been an escape from the daily reminder of medication and immobility, the Hero, like me uses the movie as a boost of morale, to bring a smile to their face and happiness to the thousands of others who have read their stories based on the characters.
Sadly for me, the Hero lives on the other side of the world. But thanks to their extraordinary talent in writing some of the most unique and loved stories in the fandom we have grown to become best friends via the internet and regularly screw up our sleep patterns just to talk across time zones. One day I hope to cross the border of Primroses and finally give my Hero a big old hug, and a thank you for introducing me to Strange Magic.
So, what has Strange Magic done for me and why do I love it? That’s easy. It saved my life, literally. It reminded me of the reasons to keep fighting, to sing and smile daily, to love those around you and love yourself. But most of all, it gave me someone to admire, look up to, talk with daily about the gorgeous colour of Bog’s eyes. But best of all, it gave me a best friend, my Hero, EndoratheWitch (tumblr: endorathewitchwriter).
It’s September and we’re all finally starting to countdown till The LEGO Ninjago Movie!
All of us Ninjago Fans have been waiting for this movie ever since it was first announced. This is probably - no, is, in my opinion, the best thing ever to be done with Ninjago. It’s something we are all so happy to hear about.
And must I say, out of all the fandoms I’ve been in, though the Ninjago community may be chaotic and dramatic at times, I know for a fact that here is where I see the fans the most attached to this show and characters.
We know them.
We’ve grown with them.
We love them.
And now seeing how these characters get to be brought onto the big screen, even if their not exactly the same to the show, meaning design and VA wise, we are all so proud of how far Ninjago has come.
This being said:
I’ve been looking forward to this movie five-ever. Ninjago has been that one show that I’ve been with since the very beginning, the show that holds a special place in my heart, the show that I will always be loyal too, no matter how [rough] things may get. And it brings me so much joy every time I see or hear about new news for this movie. I’m definitely going to see it opening day and make the most of it.
I don’t care if it’s not as good as the first two LEGO Movies. I don’t care if it has some scenes that some people feel are let-downs (meaning reality scenes cuz that’s rumored to happen) - I don’t care if people find it a disappoinment or if it gets bad reviews.
For @raven-brings-light. Dear one, you deserve all joys and celebrations today. (I hate that it’s been a bumpy start.) I hope some Ragnarok speculative storyweaving is a little brightening thing. I wish now I had written some fluffy honey but I hope some fraught drama is still enjoyable.
I’m so happy we’ve met and I’ll never stop gushing about how much you’ve improved my writing. You’ve given me new tools to see storycrafting and I don’t know how to begin repaying that gift.
~~~ And more thanks (so much) to @chrisshemsworth for beta reading and hand holding<3 ~~~
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thor ragnarok was so energetic and positive and HUMAN and films that are those things will never not be so important to me
work that acknowledges us as the audience in a way that never feels false or condescending, only like your friend throwing things at you to get your attention so they can tell you a joke
people who make movies to bring other people happiness and engagement are so intensely after my own heart and seeing their work succeed makes me feel both full of joy and sometimes oddly conflicted because i don’t know what to do with that amount of inspiration and positivity??? i want to make it and live it so much that thinking of it can be overwhelming??
but yeah you guys are gonna freak out over this movie
Call it a spoonful of sugar for the holiday season.
Walt Disney Pictures officially announced Tuesday that Emily Blunt and Hamilton creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda will star in a Mary Poppins sequel set to hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.
Mary Poppins Returns will star Blunt as the practically perfect nanny, more than five decades after Julie Andrews played the role in Disney’s 1964 classic. Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Both had been reported to be in talks for those roles earlier this year.
The film will be directed by Rob Marshall and produced Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt. It will feature a screenplay by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers, an all-new score from Marc Shaiman, and new original songs written by Shaiman and Tony Award winner Scott Wittman.
This new story will take place in Depression-era London and follows a now-grown-up Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by Poppins following a personal loss. She and her friend Jack then help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
“I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring P.L. Travers’ further adventures to the screen. The iconic original film means so much to me personally, and I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation,” said Marshall in a statement.
Travers first introduced the world to Mary Poppins in her 1934 book of the same name, which served as the basis for the Andrews and Dick Van Dyke-starring film. She also penned seven additional books starring the no-nonsense British nanny. Blunt previously worked with Marshall on the big-screen adaptation of the musical Into the Woods. Miranda, meanwhile, penned music for Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is composing songs for the studio’s upcoming animated film Moana.